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Possible abduction cause of heavy police presence in Barriere, say RCMP

RCMP located the female unharmed, in consultation with support units and collaborative efforts
A Barriere police incident on Highway 5 in the District of Barriere on Nov. 10, 2023 resulted in one person safely in care and one arrest. Ongoing investigation, updates to follow. (Photo Credit: X / @rickfoon)

An unfolding police incident briefly closed Highway 5 at Barriere Friday afternoon (Nov. 10) as RCMP investigated a report of a possible abduction.

Multiple RCMP units with heavily armed officers were seen closing a section of Highway 5 and Barriere Town Road at about 3:30 p.m.

Cpl. Kyle Camalush, Barriere RCMP Detachment Commander, told the Barriere Star Journal that the Barriere RCMP received information from Vernon RCMP of a possible abduction and that the two involved were in the Barriere jurisdiction.

“As a result, we took precautionary measures and engaged our Emergency Response Team (ERT), which included Air Services and the Police Dog Section to ensure the safety of everyone involved and our surrounding community,” noted Camalush.

“The RCMP located the female unharmed, in consultation with all of our support units and collaborative efforts. The uninjured female was taken into care and the investigation is ongoing.”

Subsequently, the RCMP have also arrested one male on several outstanding warrants, he added.

“There is no threat to public safety. The suspect was apprehended just off of Barriere Town Road and Highway 5. Our support sections were called in to supplement the investigation and as a precautionary measure, ultimately ensuring public safety. We are pleased with the outcome.”

There was no confirmation there was an abduction, and the RCMP investigation is ongoing.